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14 Ways Honey Can Heal

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14 Ways Honey Can Heal

By Vasant Lad, Yoga+

The fossil record tells us honeybees have been around for 150 million years or more. No one knows when we discovered the treasure hidden in their hives, but paintings of beekeepers lining the walls of a cave in Spain prove that we have been practicing the art of beekeeping for at least 7,000 years. Honey is versatile. It has been prized as a sweetener, as medicine, as an offering for the gods, as currency, and as a symbol of love. In Greek mythology, for example, Cupid dips his arrows in honey before aiming them at our hearts.

According to ayurveda, honey is the nectar of life. Because it is created from the essence of a flower’s sex organs, it has a natural affinity with reproductive tissue. It can also heal sore throats, colds, coughs, ulcers, burns, and wounds. And when ingested with a healing herb (like ashwagandha), honey travels to the deepest tissues, transporting the chemical properties and the subtle energies of medicine to the cellular level.

Ayurveda says that raw honey is medicine, but cooked honey is a slow poison. Why? In its natural form, honey is rich in minerals, vitamins, enzymes, amino acids, and carbohydrates. But heat strips honey of most of its nutritional value and transforms the honey molecules into a non-homogenized glue that adheres to mucous membranes and clogs subtle energy channels. Cooked honey creates cellular toxicity and may lead to immunological dysfunction. It can also clog the arteries and lead to atherosclerosis (thickening of the arteries), hampering blood flow to the vital organs. So as a general rule, honey should never be cooked, and nothing should be cooked with honey. Instead, add raw honey to yogurt, warm tea, or spread it on bread or toast.

These days, most honey sold commercially has been heated and should be avoided. Look for the words “raw” or “unpasteurized” on honey at a health-food store or online at places like the Ayurvedic Institute (www.ayurveda.com) or www.eBeeHoney.com. But the purest form of honey is local and raw because it helps prevent (or calm) seasonal allergies and is full of prana (vital energy). Check your local farmers’ market, and if you live in the country, keep an eye out for roadside honey stands.

Honey, Help Me!
Ayurvedic texts are full of honey-based remedies for a wide range of ailments.

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8:56PM PST on Dec 22, 2014

& its gd applied topically for skin complaints,wound healing etc

10:18AM PST on Dec 16, 2014

thanks

12:04PM PST on Dec 14, 2014

Thank you

2:00PM PST on Dec 12, 2014

Honey is great, especially with ginger. :-)

2:41PM PST on Dec 8, 2014

Honey is excellent for sore throats when mixed with lemon juice, (& a little whiskey!) - didn't know it heals burns, or that it should not be cooked - good info.

12:21AM PST on Nov 28, 2014

Thanks.

7:56AM PST on Nov 26, 2014

I had no idea that honey should not be cooked.

1:36AM PST on Nov 10, 2014

nice article.

10:11PM PST on Nov 4, 2014

Thank you :)

9:06PM PST on Nov 4, 2014

thanks for sharing..)

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